My parents currently have a Dell (was very basic when bought 5+ years ago) and have heard/read that it is easier (better?) to build a computer than buy one from stores.
I am new to this thing and after looking through reviews/recommendations have come up with a list of some parts I’m considering.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next two weeks
Budget Range: $800 AU (pretty much same price USD)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: General Internet browsing, uploading photo’s, general program use (does use design CAD – not sure if this has special requirements)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: will be sourcing locally as I’m from Australia (you can recommend products from websites and I’ll find equivalent parts in Australia)
Country of Origin: Australia
Parts Preferences: I’m thinking AMD as it does not need to be state of the art
Overclocking: Probably not – not sure I fully understand
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not – not sure I fully understand
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 (I think)
Additional Comments: I would like it to last several years and be able to be easily upgradable in future
So far the parts I have in mind are
i think if your parents are using it for surfing the net you can go as low as a athlon ii x2 should be sufficient
i dont think your parents will even need a graphics card... the onboard graphics card should do the job
a 400w psu would be enough for this system..
and i would suggest that you look for another smaller case instead of a mid tower...
you already have the os? if not you should fit it in your budget as it is not that cheap...
how exactly is the antec 300 flashy? its a black box.
Oops! I was commenting on several threads, one involved the "Illusion" version of the 300 with the Blue LED's. I saw the Antec 300 listed and was thinking blue LEDS and Parents. You are right that version is the plain Jane black box. The Antec NSK case w/PSU is still a good deal though.